Whether mesmerizing audiences with the sheer bravado of his inimitable sensual and velvety vocals, or dazzling fans as a maestro on the keyboards, singer/songwriter Wade O. Brown is “an artists’ artist” delivering the richness of soul and rhythm & blues.
Born in Detroit, Wade cut his chops as a self-taught keyboard player, playing and singing in his church band and choir. He was taken under the wing of The Clarke Sisters—one of gospel’s most noted singing families—who helped refine his singing prowess. By his teens, he was performing regularly at gospel shows and conventions throughout the Mid-West and in Toronto. He eventually relocated to Toronto, where he played keyboards and sang back up for a local reggae band. He later assembled his own band, gaining local popularity with regular performances in the city’s hottest nightclubs and venues. They eventually became the house band at Toronto’s premier soul food restaurant, owned by R&B crooner Keith Washington.
Wade built on his popularity, performing with noted recording stars like Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Roger Troutman, Glenn Lewis, Divine Earth Essence, and Joe, among others. He also appeared on the award-winning TV series Soul Food, performed live on MuchMusic, and co-starred in several Toronto-based theatrical productions.
His songwriting/recording career kicked off after forming Williwade Music with fellow songwriter/producer Wil Van Zyl. After landing a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music and collaborating on a demo, they were eventually introduced to Dave Sereny of Groove United. Groove United released Wade’s debut, Complete, in 2002. The track Fool In Love was an underground import favorite in the U.K. and garnered a release on the independent soul label, P-Vine Records in Japan.
Most recently, Wade has immersed himself in songwriting and collaborating with a list of top American songwriter/producers including Barry Eastmond, Daryl Simmons, Kipper Jones, Cornelius Mims, Maurice Wilcher, Steve Estiverne and Herb Middleton on his yet to be titled sophomore album.